Carlyle names new senior advisor

The US buyout firm has hired Duncan Lewis as a senior telecommunications and media advisor at its London offices.

( US private equity firm Carlyle Group has hired Duncan Lewis, former chief executive officer and president of pan-European data communications and hosting company GTS/Ebone. Lewis will join the firm as senior advisor to its global telecommunications and media group.


According to a statement, Lewis, who will be based in London, will assist Carlyle in developing strategy and identifying investments in the telecommunications and media sector worldwide.


“Duncan has a tremendously broad and varied background, and is a skilled operating executive,” Jim Attwood, Carlyle managing director and head of telecommunications and media, said in the statement. “He brings a wealth of relevant experience to our global telecommunications and media efforts.”


Lewis served at GTS from January 2001 to March 2002 when the company was sold to KPNQwest. At the time, GTS ran Europe's largest optical and IP network carrying more than 25 per cent of Europe's internet traffic.


Prior to joining GTS, from 1998 to 2000 Lewis was managing director and chief corporate development officer of Equant, which operates the world's largest global data network exclusively serving multinational companies.


Before Equant, Lewis's senior roles included chief executive officer, Granada Media Group, and chief executive officer, Mercury Communications, then a subsidiary of Cable and Wireless. He also served as managing director, Europe and managing director, Business Networks, at Cable and Wireless. Earlier in his career he held various senior roles at British Telecom, including director of procurement, strategy, and network services. Prior to joining British Telecom, Lewis worked in telecommunications manufacturing and in the computing industry, and for a time was at the National Economic Development Office.


Last week, Carlyle announced Charles Rossotti, founder and former chairman of American Management Systems, and former Commissioner of Internal Revenue, will join the firm as senior advisor on June 1.